It's actually working…

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Wow, I’m amazed.  This podcasting idea is actually working.  The Virtual Staffroom, my little project to try and share the great  technology integration work done by some of Australia’s leading teachers is actually working.

I got an email today from a guy at the Australian Catholic University in Ballarat, Victoria, asking if he could burn 80 copies of the podcast to CD and give it to a group of pre-service teachers as they train to go out into the classrooms of Australia.  I was blown away.  This is within 48 hours of going live with Anne Baird’s Episode 1.

And then I just checked the iTunes Store, who are now including the show in their podcast directory.  It’s currently ranked number 1 podcast in the Educational Technology section! In fact its also ranked number 10 in the Education section overall.

And this is just the beginning!  Bring it on… 🙂

The Staffroom is Live

Yay! Another little project I’ve been working on lately is The Virtual Staffroom, a podcasting project where I’m trying to create a virtual conversation space for leading teachers to talk about the ways they integrate technology into their classrooms.

Episode one launches today with a wonderful conversation with Anne Baird from Wedderburn school in Victoria, Australia.

Head on over to www.virtualstaffroom.net and check it out. It should also be available very soon through the Podcast directory of the iTunes Store.

If you can read this, thank a Teacher

Yes, it’s almost that time of year again. Yes, on October 5 it will be World Teacher Day. So take a moment and send a quick email to a teacher that made a difference to you or your children. There’s nothing quite so lovely as getting a note from a student who tells you that you made a difference to them. I know it’s the true reward of the teaching profession.

PodcastGraphicsmall.jpgAnyway, I’m looking to also launch a new project I’ve been working on, and I reckon October 5 could be just the right date to do it. It’s a podcasting project where I’m getting the bestest, smartest, most creative teachers I know and sticking a few of them in a Skype conference, recording our conversation and releasing it as a podcast. We’ll talk about technology education in particular and what we can do to make school a great experience for the kids we teach.

Check it out on www.virtualstaffroom.net, and hopefully by October 5 we will have podcast number 1 up and running! Details for subscribing via iTunes or some other RSS aggregator will be on the site.

Just a thought

I want to see if this works.

It’s a voice recording made in GCast, a web based podcasting tool. Since Edublogs don’t appear to support podcasting, I’m curious about ways to create/store an audio file somewhere and then link to it from inside the blog post. What intrigues me about GCast is that you can create the recording for free using a telephone. Just call the phone number provided and enter your PIN, then record you message. Hmmm, interesting. What can we do with that idea?

The dial in number is US based, but I suppose you could always Skype it. Otherwise just record locally with Audacity and upload the audio file to GCast as usual.

It’s not technically a podcast if you just link to it like this, as there is no RSS feed involved, but it still has possibilities.